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2013 Mâcon‑Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay

The "Les Charmes" vineyard near the village of Lugny in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy is prized for its exceptional southern exposure and for the age of its vines, averaging some 40 years of age on the whole. Around here, we prize its production as among the surest of bets for value in dry white wine. Vinified entirely in stainless steel and bottled sans bois, that is, unlumbered, 100% unencumbered by oak, at the nearby Cave de Lugny; green‑gold in color, the wine is fresh and vibrant with aromas that would suggest hazelnut, citrus flower and acacia honeys on a foundation of refreshing summer rains on limestone; medium‑bodied, ample in weight, with a clean, crisp and lasting flavor on the finish. Given the consistently excellent quality and its extremely fair price, it’s not much wonder that Mâcon‑Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay is the best‑selling white Burgundy in the United States!

$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case

2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay Réserve BOUCHARD Père & Fils 2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay Réserve BOUCHARD Père & Fils
Settled in the heart of the Côte de Beaune since 1731, Bouchard Père & Fils know well the qualities of the terroirs of this southern section of the Côte d'Or. For their Bourgogne Blanc Réserve, they have selected fine Chardonnay fruit from various parcels of vineyard for their complementary qualities. The result is a delicious if less expensive white Burgundy that would serve as a worthy entrée to the far more expensive white wines from the Côte de Beaune. Pale yellow gold in color with aromas of citrus and stone and just a subtle toast from oak; at once smooth and round and crisp and compelling on the tongue with a fine delicate flavor, and a freshness and satisfyingness that belie its ever so reasonable price. Regularly $17.50 the bottle, on sale now at:
$14.99 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Domaine Duc de Magenta Louis JADOT

The 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot -Clos de la Chapelle- comes from the 2-hectare monopole that produced around 24 barrels. It has a lovely, sensual nose with apricots and cream emerging from the glass accompanied by hints of almond. The palate is well-balanced with a clean, fresh sprightly opening: citrus lemon, orange zest and apricot that feel harmonious and beautifully focused. This is a tender, intellectual Chassagne. Rated (91‑93). - Neal Martin, Issue 210, December, 2013

Bright, pale color. Reticent aromas of pear and smoke. Pliant, brisk and deep, with aromatic pear and spicy oak flavors nicely framed and lifted by lemony acidity. Finishes long and a bit phenolic but with an attractive racy quality. This vibrant, firmly structured wine will need at least a few years of bottle aging. Rated 91+. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar September/October 2014.

$87.50 the bottle $446.28 the case of 6/750ml bottles

2011 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands FAIVELEY
(bottled a couple days before my visit): Bright red. Redcurrant, truffle and cedar on the nose. Silky-sweet in the mouth, nicely leavened by ripe acidity. Finishes sweet and persistent. A wine from deep soil in a warm, sunny spot. Rated 88. ‑ Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar January/February 2013
$40.00 the bottle  $204.00 the case of six

2012 Beaune 1er Cru Vignes Franches Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis JADOT
The 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules is one of their premier holdings with a propensity to age with class. It has a fragrant, more floral bouquet with fine delineation – perhaps more feminine than the other Beaune premier crus. The palate is ripe and generous on the entry. This has good substance and breeding, the quality of the terroir really coming through on the persuasive finish that lingers long in the mouth. This Clos des Ursules is brimming over with confidence and class. Bravo! Rated 93. - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Issue 210, December 2013.
$85.00 the bottle  $433.50 the case of 6/750ml bottles

2011 Corton Clos des Cortons FAIVELEY
Good deep red. A bit darker on the nose than the grand crus from Gevrey-Chambertin, offering explosive aromas of crushed raspberry, black cherry, exotic spices and a touch of smoke. Compellingly rich and seamless in the mouth, with terrific sappy verve to the urgent flavors of red berries, minerals and game. The very long, slowly rising finish boasts outstanding energy and thrust and saturates the mouth with sweet perfume. Rated (93-96). ‑ Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar January/February 2013
$200.00 the bottle  $1020.00 the case of six

2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques Domaine Louis JADOT
Bright dark red. Deep aromas of black cherry and chocolatey torrefaction show an almost candied ripeness. Broad, sweet and large-scaled, with a saline quality and impressive medicinal reserve to the floral and spice flavors. A rather powerful and ripe yet sappy Clos Saint-Jacques with a slowly mounting, seamless, horizontal finish featuring big, ripe tannins and terrific tactile length. As impressive as this is, it shows the vintage more than the cru today. Rated (92‑94). Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar January/February 2014
$195.00 the bottle $994.50 the case of 6/750ml bottles

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